Dr. John Dec is a Senior Scientist at Sandia National Laboratories.  John joined Sandia after receiving his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan and has worked at Sandia’s Combustion Research Facility since 1989.  Here, he conducted numerous investigations of combustion processes in diesel and low-temperature gasoline combustion engines, directed mainly at improving efficiency and reducing emissions.  Many studies involved the application of advanced laser diagnostics.  He has over 130 technical papers and several awards, including the SAE Horning Memorial Award, three SAE Colwell Merit Awards, two SAE Withrow Distinguished Speaker Awards, the ASME IC-Engine Award, and the ASME Soichiro Honda Medal.  John is also a Fellow of the SAE.